Concept and Diagrams
These concept sketches, show pivotal moments of my investigation of the site, as well as what elements influenced forms, organization and application of the project. I began working in section, exploring hierarchy throughout the site, attempting to understand impacts of elevation separating the multiple uses of my MAX stop and public plaza. Original structure design shows my attempts to integrate solar protection and runoff capturing. Working in plan, I mimicked the movement of water through natural water filtering systems. Water always follows the path of least resistance, and as such will flow with changes in densities and around objects. The ultimate plan of this project is curvilinear, leading those approaching and those exiting the MAX station through a public square. Two bioswale areas take advantage of the site’s natural low point in elevation for the surrounding area, celebrating this importance of this particular place, already acting as a runoff collector for surrounding sites. Another major factor in the design is the strong winds from the east, as well as south. The shapes utilized by the MAX station’s structure work to deflect wind around the transit riders as they await the next train.